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All the Modern Conveniences: American Household Plumbing, 1840-1890. - 26 Oct 2016 05:29

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[[html]]In All the Modern Conveniences Maureen Ogle examines the beginnings of "modern plumbing" in the United States. Ogle traces the American system of plumbing back to roots in the 1840s, challenging earlier studies which Ogle claims are flawed by the presentist assumption that municipal water and sewage systems are essential for the development of a society with adequate plumbing, and by a sense that certain technological inventions are inevitable. Ogle attempts to avoid the determinist conclusions of technologists and what she calls the "nebulous issue of technology's impact." (p. 157) Instead her study rests on the premise that adoption of plumbing, or any technology, arises from a particular set of cultural values, and changes in the use of technology reflect changes in those same values. She assumes that the decision to use a technology is rational and reveals people's determination of how to best order their world. <br><br>Ogle identifies three stages in the development of household plumbing in the United States: 1840-1869 individualist adoption of manifold devices; 1870-1890 development of standardized devices linked to municipal water and sewage systems; 1890-present widespread assumption of plumbing's presence and improved regulation of the system. The text details the first two of these stages. The greatest strength of the work lies in Ogle's elucidation of these earliest stages of household plumbing and the changing rhetoric about plumbing devices. Basing her conclusions on extensive review of architectural plans, manufacturers' catalogs and housing reform literature, Ogle lays to rest the <a href="http://smarthomefug.recentblog.net/that-is-over-6000-gallons-a-month">learn this here now</a> claim of her predecessors that there could be few well-plumbed homes without the support of municipal water and sewage systems. Her compendium of the variety of devices available to homeowners in the period from 1840-1869 is impressive, as is her review of the 1870-1890 literature from sanitarians who sought to reform plumbing in order to improve health. In brief she proves her contention that plumbing of a significant number of homes was possible, and even probable, before the advent of municipal water and sewer systems. She also illustrates well that reform of household plumbing from 1870-1890 either preceded or was simultaneous with the development of such systems. <br><br>Her account of the link between American cultural values and the creation of two distinct plumbing arrangements is intriguing but less definitive. I am sympathetic to Ogle's rejection of the conventional approach which identifies technological innovation as the motivating force behind change. I agree with her contention that we must stop seeing "ourselves as mastered by, rather than masters of, our technology." (p. 153) Ogle admits she relies on standard secondary works in her description of general American culture from 18401869 and 1870-1890. She claims that from 1840-1869 housing reformers' ideas about appropriate plumbing originated in the American fascination with gadgetry and the antebellum spirit of independence, democratization, and national betterment through self-betterment. Therefore plumbing adoption focused on introduction of devices to improve household convenience, while protecting household independence from both servants and municipal authority. In the later period a culture of scientism replaced self-improvement and humanitarianism as the most fundamental cultural impulse. This new culture gave greater weight to a view of cities as organically interdependent, thereby providing the impetus for creating standardized devices and centralized municipal water and sewage systems. <br><br>To support her assertions about the values which influenced individual decisions, Ogle has unearthed a handful of extraordinary manuscripts from each period in which real people write about their own plumbing or that of friends. In most cases the sources from the earlier period do use convenience or improvement to describe devices, but her own sources also use "comfort of life," "beautiful," and "luxury" to describe their perception of plumbing apparatus. Ogle endeavors to define convenience in midcentury terms, but for the most part she uses the word as a synonym for ease or efficiency of operation. As a result, desire for "convenience" as a shorthand descriptor of the value that led to early adoption of plumbing seems both insufficient and inaccurate. We need to know convenient for whom and in what way. Who decided that an indoor facility that had to be cleaned frequently was more "convenient" than an outdoor privy and why? Indeed her own sources indicate how very inconvenient these contraptions could be: pipes froze, water-heaters exploded, basins and pipes leaked, water-closets overflowed. To be fair Ogle is simply trying to demonstrate what motivated the choice to install plumbing, rather than discuss the actual experience people had as a result of these choices, but this seems a rather artificial distinction to made since experience does influence motivation. <br><br>Finally, Ogle replaces technological determinism with a form of cultural determinism. The independent, self-improvement spirit of midcentury caused the development of diverse technological solutions. The heightened acceptance of scientific explanation caused the culture of fear surrounding plumbing in the 1870s-1890s, leading to the creation of "sanitary science." Perhaps the better answer is that technology and culture are interactive forces operating simultaneously. For example, it is possible that, though installed to improve household convenience, the initial devices had reached the limits of their technological capacity. Independent water delivery systems were too unreliable to fulfill the expectation of greater efficiency and ease. There were certainly limitations on the numbers which could be served by haphazard, independent systems without significantly increasing environmental depredations, as sanitarians discovered in the 1870s and later. Therefore the earlier technology was inherently undemocratic as well. Ogle confirms that inventors were tinkering with the appliances from the beginning as they attempted to meet unfulfilled expectations. Might we assume that the new pro-science culture and simultaneous technological innovation together led to the creation of contemporary plumbing systems? <br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="https://www.emergencyplumber.uk.com/images/cast-iron-plumbing.png" width="351" /><br><br>In conclusion, All the Modern Conveniences serves as a model case study in the link between private and public life in the evolution of industrial society. It represents a valiant attempt to move discussion of the history of technology beyond both technological determinism and what Ogle calls the "wild goose chase" of technological impact. Its intriguing use <a href="http://homeextremisthar.unblog.fr/?p=3&preview=true">Resources</a> of manuscripts from ordinary, middle-class householders indicates that it may be possible to get inside their heads to figure out why they did what they did. <br><br>Jacqueline Wilkie Luther College<br><br><a href='https://www.thefreelibrary.com/AlltheModernConveniences:AmericanHouseholdPlumbing,1840-1890.-a020574150'>https://www.thefreelibrary.com/AlltheModernConveniences:AmericanHouseholdPlumbing,1840-1890.-a020574150</a><br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ToIEYr9Qn6E&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ToIEYr9Qn6E&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Home Improvement :: How To Use A Plumbing Snake To Unclog A Blocked Drain - 26 Oct 2016 00:37

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Powerful Claymation Short Highlighting Video Game Fans’ Most Popular Skyrim Memories - 25 Oct 2016 21:03

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Breast implant scandal: What went wrong? - 25 Oct 2016 15:06

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[[html]]Story highlightsBreast implants made by French company PIP found to contain industrial-grade siliconeSome 300,000 women in 65 countries received implants made by the companyHealth authorities in France have offered to pay for women to have them removed, replacedPIP founder Jean-Claude Mas charged with involuntary injury<br><br>The founder of a French company that made breast implants linked to a major health scare has been charged by police investigating the scandal.<br><br>Jean-Claude Mas, former boss of Poly Implant Protheses (PIP), faces charges of involuntary injury over the now-defunct firm's use of substandard ingredients in its implants.<br><br>So what is wrong with the implants? What are the risks? And what is being done to help those affected by the scandal?<br><br>What is the problem?<br><br>Implants made by France's Poly Implant Protheses (PIP) were banned in 2010, after it was discovered that they contained industrial-grade, which has more contaminants than the medical-grade gel they should have used.<br><br>Mas is reported to have admitted authorizing the use of two gel formulas at PIP: A high-end version for wealthier clients, using American-made medical silicone, and a "house" formula for everyone else. This was made from cheap industrial silicone, meant for use in mattresses, allegedly in order to cut costs and boost profits.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://quinceanera.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Plastic_surgery.jpg" width="388" /><br><br>In December 2011, authorities in France sparked a worldwide alert when they advised 30,000 French women who had been fitted with the potentially defective implants to have them removed.<br><br>The implants are believed to have a higher than normal incidence of rupture, though exact figures on this differ: French authorities put the rate at 5%, but in Britain it is thought to be around 1%, in line with industry standards.<br><br>California plastic surgeon Dr. Grant Stevens told CNN the health risks of industrial-grade silicone remained unclear.<br><br>"The PIP industrial silicone has many contaminants," he said, but he added: "We're not sure just how many… We can't be sure what can go wrong. <br><br>"We know there's an increased incidence of inflammation; we're not certain of other health risks, but we certainly have concerns about cancer and other toxic exposures."<br><br>Authorities in France and Britain have dismissed fears of cancer from the implants but have said that in case of rupture they could cause inflammation, scarring and fibrosis.<br><br>Where in the world were they used?<br><br>PIP was once the world's third largest supplier of implants — 300,000 women in 65 countries around the world are thought to have had them fitted, both for cosmetic reasons and in reconstructive surgery following treatment for breast cancer.<br><br>The implants were widely used across Europe — 40,000 women in Britain are affected — and South America.<br><br>PIP silicone implants were never licensed <a href="http://www.inclues.org/tag/westlake-plastic-surgery-westlake-oh/">your Westlake plastic surgery</a> for use in the United States.<br><br>British PIP implant recipient Rowena Mackintosh, told CNN she was worried about the potential impact on her health.<br><br>"It's like a ticking time bomb inside me," she said. "When you go to the doctor, you don't say 'who makes your medicine?' — you just assume it's going to be safe. To think that I've got mattress silicone inside me, and God knows what else they used, it's disgusting."<br><br>What advice is being given to women who had the implants fitted? <br><br>The advice given to women with PIP implants has varied widely from country to country. <br><br>France has urged all of those with the implants to have them removed immediately as a precaution. In Venezuela, authorities have also recommended the precautionary removal of implants.<br><br>The British government says there is no evidence to recommend the routine removal of PIP implants, though it says women who are concerned should be able to have them removed.<br><br>German medical groups have recommended that women seek the removal of their implants, but that there is no immediate danger.<br><br>Stevens argues that women who have had PIP implants should not wait until they rupture to have them removed.<br><br>"Waiting until an MRI is positive is like saying wait to run for cover until after a bomb goes off. If you know something is going to happen, you would try to remove the risk.<br><br>"I think it is incumbent on all women, regardless of their government's stance, to recognize that they have a flawed, defective silicone product in their chest, and they have a shell that is containing it that is also flawed — they need to remove these implants, or remove and replace them."<br><br>And what is being done?<br><br>The French government has offered to pay for the removal and replacement of all PIP implants fitted in France. Venezuela has said it will cover the cost of implant removal, but not their replacement.<br><br>In the UK, women who had their implants paid for by the National Health Service (NHS) will be able to have them removed free of charge, after consultation with their doctor. The British government says it expects <a href="http://www.porkbusters.org/tag/best-plastic-surgeons-in-ohio/">Plastic surgery</a> companies that fitted implants privately, for cosmetic purposes, to offer the same deal.<br><br>Bioethicist Arthur Caplan told CNN it made financial and ethical sense for governments to pre-empt any potential health issues by removing the implants now, rather than waiting to see if they cause problems.<br><br>"If these things do turn out to be nasty, and do cause health problems, the bill for that is going to be big, and every government that has a nationalized system is going to pay, so it may be smarter, just on prudential grounds, to take them out now, avoiding what could be a huge financial disaster down the line.<br><br>"On the whole, I think it makes more sense, ethically and in terms of economic risk, to get these things out at public expense."<br><br>What is the company's response?<br><br>PIP went bankrupt in 2010, after its implants were banned. Its founder, Mas, is under investigation by French police. On Thursday, he was charged with involuntary injury over the implants.<br><br>But PIP's lawyer, Yves Haddad, told CNN that while industrial silicone was used in its implants, no tests had shown them to be a danger — instead he insisted the problem was fear.<br><br>"Several things have heightened this fear: The advice and care given to victims, doctors who didn't want responsibility and pushed the problem onto PIP, and the intense media pressure."<br><br>Haddad also says there is no money for compensation for victims.<br><br>"Unfortunately the company has already been liquidated. No one can expect any money to come from PIP."<br><br>Will the scandal have a lasting impact?<br><br>Concerns over PIP implants have led some to call for greater regulation of the plastic surgery industry.<br><br>"If it's going in your body, if it's a pill, if it's a medical device, it should be regulated by the government," said Caplan. "The consumer can't tell what's safe, what isn't safe, what's made according to good manufacturing processes.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/swGyPyBJiZ0&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/swGyPyBJiZ0&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>"I think you have to have government watching over anything that people put into their bodies for a medical or a health purpose — I don't buy the idea that it's just buyer beware."<br><br>The bioethicist said the scandal also showed the need for plastic surgery charges to include insurance against problems that may arise in future.<br><br>"For elective procedures… it would make sense to make part of the charge some kind of coverage or insurance if things go wrong, if there turn out to be adverse events," Caplan told CNN.<br><br>"National health systems don't want to pay for purely elective cosmetic procedures, so you're going to be stuck if something does turn out to be fraudulent or just misused, and instead of turning to lawyers, it might make better sense to build some insurance into the system."<br><br><a href='http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/27/world/europe/pip-breast-implant-scandal-explained/index.html'>http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/27/world/europe/pip-breast-implant-scandal-explained/index.html</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

5 Small Business SEO Tips You Can Implement In-House Right Now - 25 Oct 2016 10:51

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[[html]]Every small business owner should implement search engine optimization into his or her online marketing strategy, but many shy away because they think they need a huge budget to get started. An effective and complete strategy will cost money, but that doesn't mean you have to sit idle until you can afford to hire an SEO agency.<br><br>Here are 5 small business SEO tips that you can implement right now in-house. These can help you improve your online presence and begin to attract website traffic. Some businesses have to start small because of <a href="http://www.wsworkshop.com/tag/online-presence/">internet marketing in Frederick MD</a> budget limitations, and there is nothing wrong with that. Following these tips will help you build a solid foundation that an agency can build on when the budget becomes available.<br><br>The majority of consumers turn to Google search when they are looking for information. 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Spain Impasse Ends as Mariano Rajoy Is Assured Re-election - 24 Oct 2016 08:18

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[[html]]Spain Impasse Ends as Mariano Rajoy Is Assured Re-election - NASDAQ.com<br><br><img id="two_column_main_content_newsimgpath" src="http://www.nasdaq.com/reference/hiresphotos/news-photos/Finance3/325x200/finance05.jpg">Shutterstock photo<br><br>MADRIDMariano Rajoy, a prominent target of the antiestablishment fervor rising across Europe, was assured ofre-election as prime minister when his Socialist rivals conceded <a href="http://www.pooler-ga.com/short-sell-md-home-pride/">http://www.pooler-ga.com/short-sell-md-home-pride/</a> defeat Sunday, ending Spain's10-month leadershipimpasse.<br><br>Socialist leaders, in a reversal, instructed their party's lawmakers to abstain when Parliament considers hiscandidacy next weekend, depriving other opposition parties of the votes needed to keep blocking the conservativeincumbent. The Socialists, distant runners-up to Mr. Rajoy intwo elections of deadlocked parliaments since December,said they feared a deeper loss if a third election was required.<br><br>The Socialist leadership committee took Sunday's decision by a vote of 139 to 96.<br><br>On Sunday, he emerged as a consummate survivor, demonstrating the uneven impact of the Continent's insurgent protestparties.<br><br>Far from a sweeping mandate, Mr. Rajoy will get a vulnerable minority government. He said in a recent speech that hewould have to "work day to day, with humility and patience," to coax legislative backing for his second-terminitiatives.<br><br>Mr. Rajoy will become the second head of a eurozone government, afterEnda Kenny of Ireland, to win re-election aftermaking painful budget cuts demanded by creditors to ease Europe's financial crisis.<br><br>Two prime ministers who took that orthodox course while managing international bailouts lost elections last year toleftist parties in Greece and Portugal.<br><br>Antiestablishment forces elsewhere are exploiting distress over the financial crisis, refugee influxes and terroristattacks, with varying degrees of success.<br><br>Austria's close runoff election in December could produce a right-wing populist president. The Alternative forGermany, Italy's 5 Star Movement and France'sNational Front poll well short of national majorities but have upendedtraditional politics withstrong gains in local and regional elections.<br><br>Spain's old guard has weathered the turbulence for several reasons.<br><br>Mr. Rajoy's Popular Party, with its base of reliable elderly voters, dominates the right of Spain's politicalspectrum. It has no competition from the kind of anti-immigrant, euroskeptic movements that have divided conservativesin France and Germany. Spaniards overwhelmingly support EU membership and generally tolerate immigrants. The countryhasn't suffered a fatal terrorist attack in this decade.<br><br>Recovery from the 2008 recession, though far from complete, has been robust by European standards: Spain's economy isexpected to grow 3.2% this year.<br><br>Instead, Mr. Rajoy was challenged over corruption, high unemployment and income inequality. Two protestpartiesPodemos on the far left, and Ciudadanos in the center—finished strongly in a December parliamentaryelection.<br><br>The Popular Party, with three million fewer votes than it got for Mr. Rajoy's landslide win in 2011, lost itslegislative majority and lacked enough allies to build one.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://investfourmore.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/o-KEEPING-HOUSE-facebook.jpg" width="300" /><br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/luvLffIo-98&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/luvLffIo-98&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>But in the ensuing months of parliamentary deadlock, the party stood as a pillar of strength that allowed Mr. Rajoy toexploit the fragmented political landscape to his advantage and widen his leadin a June rerun of the election.<br><br>His rivals repeatedly blocked his re-election by Parliament but failed to muster their own governing majority. 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Plastic Surgeons - Find A Good One - 24 Oct 2016 02:48

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[[html]]<object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/QrSGfGS3ob8&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/QrSGfGS3ob8&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>How to find a good plastic surgeon is the most common question for anyone who wants to have a plastic surgery. There is no perfect answer to that question because there are many factors to be taken into consideration. We can narrow the requirements to two main factors, and they are:<br><br>1. Qualifications of the doctor<br><br>2. Doctor's personality<br><br>There are many ways you can find out about a doctor's training and qualifications. The simplest, of course, is to ask. Most plastic surgeons will be happy to provide you with information about their background, their training and experience. If they are not happy to help you or are avoiding to answer you, then you are justifiedly being suspicious.<br><br>One thing that can help you to know about your plastic surgeon indirectly are the professional organizations worldwide that publish lists of their members. That is a good starting place. In the US, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has a doctor finder web page which may help you. Besides that, you might also ask if the surgeon is board certified in the field of plastic surgery. It's very important if he is, although this does not guarantee a good result, it definitely <a href="http://www.inclues.org/tag/westlake-plastic-surgery-westlake-oh/">click here to read</a> tells you about plastic surgeons training. It's better to check that then to be a victim of bad plastic surgery.<br><br>Another thing you can do is try talking to your family doctor and local medical association. They will help you because they often have a personal knowledge of a doctor's reputation. Nurses and people who work in hospitals also have first hand experience with plastic surgeons work and his experience.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://bdplasticsurgery.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Maria-Shriver-Plastic-Surgery.jpg" width="346" /><br><br>Good move that requires a bit of work is that you check around in your community and talk to people who have had plastic or cosmetic surgery. If certain doctor is getting consistent results, you may be able to discover this by word of mouth. Simple, right?<br><br>Local hospitals often have training requirements to allow doctors to work on their staff. This is also a good place to start your search.<br><br>These steps are covering the first factor, doctor's qualifications.<br><br>The second factor, the doctor's personality, is also very important. If all goes well, you will see the doctor only a couple of times. But if you have a problem, you and the doctor are going to have to work through some difficult times and issues. Then it is very important that you can get on well with the surgeon and he with you. Try talking to several plastic surgeons and you will soon get a sense of ones you like and can get on with easy. When the doctor you like is also well trained, you have a winning combination.<br><br>And try to remember that no matter how well trained or nice the doctor is, some problems can occur. Statistics say that one in every hundred patients will have a big problem after any type of surgery - and plastic surgery is no exception. It's understandable that not all patients are happy with the result of surgery.<br><br>As we said before, not all surgens are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery have years of extensive education and training which makes them competent for successful operation. All board certified plastic surgeons have proven their abilities by meeting the following qualifications:<br><br>Graduated from an accredited medical school<br><br>Completed at least 5 years of additional residency<br><br>Usually 3 years of general surgery and 2 years of plastic surgery<br><br>Actively practice plastic surgery for 2 years<br><br>Pass comprehensive written and oral examinations.<br><br>By: GillianRan<br><br>Article Directory: http://www.articledashboard.com<br><br>Gillian had her first plastic surgery 2 years ago and since then she's been through a lot. Visit her page if you wish to know more about plastic surgery for women and plastic surgery jobs <a href="http://www.inclues.org/tag/westlake-plastic-surgery-westlake-oh/">index</a> for men.<br><br><a href='http://www.articledashboard.com/Article/Plastic-Surgeons-Find-A-Good-One/344327'>http://www.articledashboard.com/Article/Plastic-Surgeons-Find-A-Good-One/344327</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Car Accidents Caused by Airbag Failure - 22 Oct 2016 22:52

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[[html]]For many years, seatbelts are considered as the primary car safety feature which can spare people from serious injuries or death in the event of a car accident. There have been debates regarding their effectiveness, especially when used by children. Nevertheless, most states have adopted their own seatbelt laws over the years.<br><br>Airbags were made years after people started using seatbelts. The patent that covers the design of an "inflatable crash-landing device" was filed while the World War II is ongoing. Commercial airbags was then installed in automobiles in the 1980s. <br><br>Since 1998, cars that are being sold in the United States were made with airbags installed on the side of both the driver and his passengers. This safety device was proven to be useful and effective. According to statistics, this safety feature reduced the risks of fatal injuries during direct frontal collisions by around 30 percent. <br><br>However, airbags can also cause serious injuries or deaths if they possess certain defects. Instead of saving car occupants, they can cause harm to people if they:<br><br>Failed to deploy- Airbags are designed to deploy in moderate and serious accidents in order to prevent the car occupants from hitting <a href="http://www.mtinjurylaw.com/vernon-litigation-pursues-merrill-lynch/">legal</a> solid objects like the steering wheel or windshield upon impact. If they failed to deploy in the event of an accident, the car occupants will be likely injured in it. &#13;<br><br>Deployed when not needed- There are instances when airbags deploy unexpectedly, even in the absence of a car accident. They are supposed to deploy only in moderate or serious accidents, as mentioned earlier. The problem is that defective airbags may suddenly deploy during low speed collisions or accidents, thus causing unintentional harm <a href="http://www.winforumz.com/tag/maryland-lawyer/">defense attorney</a> to the vehicle occupants. &#13;<br><br>Failed to deploy on time- Airbags should deploy right after the airbag computer sensed that a crash or collision is happening. However, they may not suddenly deploy because of faulty components, safety issues, or different algorithm problems. As a result, car occupants may not receive any protection, causing them to sustain preventable injuries.&#13;<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/fosGr9zkuNk/0.jpg" width="368" /><br><br>Many people have already been injured or have died as a result of a defective airbag. According to statistics, around 1,400 people were killed in front-impact car collisions between the years 2001-2006 because their airbags did not deploy.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/TmrX9a9nE4g&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/TmrX9a9nE4g&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>Suing the Car Manufacturer<br><br>If you were injured in a car accident due to airbag failure or defect, you have the right to take legal action against the car or air bag manufacturer with the assistance of a Los Angeles personal injury attorney. Aside from giving you legal advice and guidance, rest assured that this legal expert will also help you build a strong case against the party at fault in order to have a higher chance of recovering monetary damages for your injuries. <br><br><a href='http://www.infobarrel.com/Car_Accidents_Caused_by_Airbag_Failure'>http://www.infobarrel.com/Car_Accidents_Caused_by_Airbag_Failure</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

How To Cancel A Legal Separation - 22 Oct 2016 12:23

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[[html]]A legal separation is often a "trial divorce", where a couple decided to separate for a period of time to see if you can solve problems in their marriage to see if the file for a divorce. Once a legal separation was granted by the judicial system, you can still ask the court to complete the separation movement.<br><br>If a couple decides to stay together, they may revoke their separation agreement.<br><br>Steps:<br><br>Visit your local registrar's office and request a "motion to dismiss. " You can also hire a lawyer or use your divorce lawyer to help you correct documentation.<br><br>Fill in the form of a motion to dismiss. Both you and your spouse must sign the papers. You must include the file number of their separation. It is also necessary to provide a reason why the proposal is submitted.<br><br>Submit file the clerk of court.You will be given a hearing date for you and your spouse to attend.<br><br>Attend the hearing. If you and your spouse have signed the motion that the court decides to cancel the legal separation.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://www.duidefenseattorney.co/library/images/stock-images/legal-lawyers-court/scale-justice-6.jpg" width="295" /><br><br>Main features<br><br>Key features of the Separation Agreement service<br><br>* Separate and apart<br><br>* Children - residence and contact<br><br>* Obtaining divorce by agreement<br><br>* Finance - clean break ( where applicable)<br><br>* Lump sum payments<br><br>* Maintenance for spouse<br><br>* Additional maintenance such as school fees<br><br>* Child maintenance<br><br>* Terminating events such as death or remarriage<br><br>* Variation of agreement for maintenance<br><br>* Occupation of family home<br><br>* Transfer of family home<br><br>* Release from mortgage<br><br>* Sale of family home<br><br>* Transfer of family company<br><br>* Life insurance policies<br><br>* Pension provision<br><br>* Agreement to leave by will<br><br>* Contents of family home<br><br>* Other assets<br><br>* Credit cards and unsecured debts<br><br>What happens if we have a Separation Agreement and then get Divorced?<br><br>Should you and your spouse subsequently divorce, provided your Separation Agreement is drawn up properly and is reasonable, a Court is unlikely to interfere with it and will usually seek to uphold the provisions contained in it.<br><br>Future Amendments in Separation Agreement<br><br>A well drafted separation agreement will allow for future amendments by either direct written change by both parties or a process of mandatory mediation or, as a final alternative, resort to the courts.<br><br>If you were not married or in a civil partnership, then you or your former partner can probably enforce any written agreement that was made as a contract and ask the court to uphold its terms and force you or your former partner <a href="http://www.mtinjurylaw.com/tag/stock-investing/">maryland lawyer</a> to comply.<br><br>If you were married or in a civil partnership, then there are a range of enforcement options potentially available to you. Exactly what you can do will depend on the type of obligation that your former spouse or civil partner has failed to comply with. For example:<br><br>* The court could order that maintenance payments are paid directly from salary.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/TmrX9a9nE4g&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/TmrX9a9nE4g&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>* The court could place a charge against a property owned by the person who failed to pay you a lump sum of money and for the property then to be sold.<br><br>* As a last resort, the court to send your former spouse or civil partner to prison.<br><br>* The court could enforce maintenance payments for children<br><br>You should speak to a solicitor about which of the options may be <a href="http://www.cawlocal27.com/tag/criminal-charges/">md family law</a> best for you.<br><br>Enforcing a court order can be expensive and take time, so you need to bear in mind the potential costs of taking action as against the benefit of enforcing the agreement.<br><br><a href='http://separation.ezinemark.com/how-to-cancel-a-legal-separation-32336e42341.html'>http://separation.ezinemark.com/how-to-cancel-a-legal-separation-32336e42341.html</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

My Story (Family Court, Shared Parenting Laws, The Parental Alienation Paradigm & Child Protection in Australia) - 22 Oct 2016 02:29

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[[html]]His baffling behavior and contradictory views were further shown whenever he spoke of some woman who had<br><br>supposedly cheated on her partner, whether it was the wife/girlfriend<br><br>of someone he knew or a stranger, and even if it was just speculation<br><br>or rumor. <br><br>He would spend ridiculous amounts of time suggesting suitable<br><br>revenge or punishment for such women, most of which would be<br><br>incomprehensible to myself or anyone else, but if anything was said<br><br>about the irrationality of his thoughts, the unsuspecting person would<br><br>be relentlessly insulted and humiliated for their supposed lack of<br><br>humor and <a href="http://www.winforumz.com/tag/maryland-lawyer/">this page</a> faith in his true nature (WTF?). <br><br>Of course I would always <a href="http://caradietalamidancepat.com/tag/spinal-injury/">Find Out More</a> then be terrified whenever he harped on<br><br>about how obvious it was that I was being unfaithful, which happened<br><br>quite often even though I never once was unfaithful. <br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/XodOaRfXHjM&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/XodOaRfXHjM&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>In fact, I only<br><br>ever once came even remotely close to cheating on him, and all that<br><br>was, was a period of a couple of weeks when I realized I was thinking<br><br>about a friend more than perhaps I should, and that I felt happy<br><br>whenever I thought of him. Though the thoughts and feelings were not in<br><br>any way sexual, I guess I felt they were more than I should be feeling<br><br>for a friend and that scared me to the point of telling the friend that<br><br>I could not see him for a while, and I told my guy that I was confused<br><br>about some feelings I had been having for the friend and that I had<br><br>ended the friendship because I did not want to cause any more problems<br><br>in our relationship, and that perhaps we needed to try and work on our<br><br>own relationship. <br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="https://www.losangelesduiattorney.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/How-much-does-a-DUI-lawyer-cost-in-California-400x250.jpg" width="291" /><br><br>Unfortunately I probably should not have said<br><br>anything, because I was treated like I had confessed to a long term<br><br>affair of filthy sex and emotional infidelity.He harassed me about it<br><br>for years.<br><br><a href='http://hubpages.com/politics/The-Reality-of-Australias-Shared-Parenting-Laws-An-Insight'>http://hubpages.com/politics/The-Reality-of-Australias-Shared-Parenting-Laws-An-Insight</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0


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